College GameDay at Ohio State: Most-Watched Episode in Show’s History

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College GameDay at Ohio State: Most-Watched Episode in Show’s History

  • Traditional Three-Hour Window Watched By More than 2.6 Million Viewers

College GameDay Presented by The Home Depot from Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 26 (9 a.m. – noon ET), was the show’s most-watched regular-season episode on record (382 episodes), garnering a total live audience of 2,682,000 average viewers.

ESPN’s TV audience (2,614,000 viewers) is the largest for the show since November 24, 2007, from Kansas City – which includes all episodes since the show expanded to three hours in 2013 – and is the second best for the program. Saturday was the most-streamed episode of GameDay, earning an average minute audience of 68,000 viewers.

Saturday’s College GameDay began with a special start time in advance of the epic showdown between Michigan and Ohio State, with the extra two hours (7 a.m. – 9 a.m.) delivering a total live audience of 885,000 average viewers.

Note: From 1990-2000, the show was traditionally 60 minutes and then from 2001-05, it was traditionally 90, followed by 2006-12, when it aired for two hours.
Note: Data dates back to 1990; show began in 1987


Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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